AN ML21 FAMILY PLAN... MOVING AHEAD WITH EASE
PLEASE BE MINDFUL...
GRATITUDE IS ABOUT PAYING IT FORWARD.
WE RELY ON THOSE BEFORE US IN "GRATITUDE TRAINING" FOR SUPPORT IN OUR ML 21...
AND WE BECOME POWERFUL SO AS TO HELP THE CLASS BEHIND US... AND SO IT GOES.
AN OFFER OF A FAMILY PLAN FOR JUNE 30, 2017 ML21 FLL
1) We vote on the "mechanism for choosing" the 13 people in the "$650 times 3 plan." We have had only mechanism thus far. I suggest we stick with it. We need to know who is in this group to calculate balances. (These people pay more in the long run). See below.
2) The Family Plan. In a healthy family, those chi1dren with the greatest "needs" get the most help. We don't even question it. I suggest that we treat our family the same way. "Needs based." The greater the need... the greater the support.
Here is how:
X = Total amount raised (example: $10,000)
Y = The cumulative balance remaining for everyone (example: $30,00) This also includes balances for those in the "13 club" who are shy of $650. Remember, they still owe $650 times 2 = $1300 in the future)
X / Y = $10,000 / $30,000 = 33 per cent
If Tom's balance is $300 due on 06/30, he would get $300 times 33% = $100
If Maria's balance is $1,500 on 06/30, she would get $1,500 times 33% = $500
This plan will result in dispensing ALL of the money raised on a "needs basis." There will be a zero balance.
If we don't base our allotment of funds based on "need alone," then we enter the black hole...(plan to spend 6 hours!)
- We will get into the mire and the muck of "stories" and who "deserves more"
- "Who deserves more" will enter us into the the unwelcome and unmeasurable world of "more/different/better."
- Begging will occur with the "wealthier" family members which will force these folks to make "life boat" decisions. This can tear us apart.
3) THE GRATITUDE PLAN. We acknowledge the "Gratitude" staff, alumni, coaches etc before us and we, with gratitude, ask for a gift or a loan for the remaining balance.
We move forward and together as a family!!
(FROM #1 ABOVE) THE “13 GROUP” ($650 times 3 = $1950 total; $650 due June 30) - THE "MECHANISM"
Please share with your buddy so we can walk in clear tomorrow. We are family. I stand that we all walk in tomorrow as our ML21 family leaving no one behind because of financial circumstances. I also declare for our family that no member be humiliated. This means not being forced to stand on chairs and having to beg. I believe the greater Gratitude family at this point sees our worthiness and will treat us with dignity. I take a stand that ALL who show up on June 30 for ML21 FLL walks in completely as a team or none of us walk in as a team. ----- As for the "Group of 13" payment plan ($1950 total with $650 down)... we were asked to come up with a "mechanism" for choosing the entire 13 family members (not a mechanism to throw one or two people out of the payment plan.) The mechanism suggested on June 26 was one of declarations. 13 spots were made available and exactly 13 declarations were made. It took 48 hours to fill all open spots and the process was made as public and as democratic as possible. Based upon out training thus far, I believe that "declarations" reflect the highest form of choosing in that it avoids the "more / better / different" game of... Who is poorest? Who put in the most work? Who has the worst job? Who suffers the greatest handicaps? Who is the most sympathetic? etc...
Any family member is free to choose a different methodology. But if a different methodology is chosen, then this means that all the declarations that have been made become null and void and we start from scratch. Dissent can certainly be respected. But it is much more powerfully respected if a viable option is given and if the suggestion stays away from the "more / better / different." game. We can prove that declarations have been made. We cannot prove anything when it comes to the "more / better / different" game unless an arbitrary and ridiculous benchmark is used (like height). If we can align on this knowing that ALL buckets will be filled then we can enjoy some serenity and make it into the room as a family. I propose we vote at 5:15 PM and that the plan with the most “yes” votes wins.
======================================POST FEB 22 2017 A HOMELESS MAN WITH A HUGE HEART
Everyone... I want you to meet Johnny. Johnny is homeless.
He is also the man that returned my I Phone when it fell from my bike on US 1. Johnny is 60. He is not on drugs. He works. He used to work while living behind Walgreen's. There is a sudden and precipitous drop between the $2,000 per month Boca Apartments and the street. Not much in between.
Johnny's face blurred for humility's sake
Johnny took my phone to his friend who owns the dry cleaner below (see map). Johnny was worried about me... the owner of the phone... and information that may be lost. I called my phone and I retrieved it in 5 minutes. Johnny is an angel of light if there ever was one. But he has trouble getting work because his teeth aren't perfect.
So... to help provide Johnny stability, a sense of community, and a hot shower every day - I am buying a year gym membership at a "family" gym. Palm Beach gym. A gym that I call a hub of racial and ethnic harmony. A place where Johnny can belong. I really should do more. Maybe I will.
PLEASE PATRONIZE EUROPEAN CLEANERS ABOVE